ECHOLALIA

Description

The involuntary parrot like repetition (echoing) of a word or phrase just spoken by another person

Symptoms

  • Repetition of phrases and noises that have been heard
  • Immediate: speaker repeating something right away after hearing
  • Delayed: speaker repeating something hours or days after hearing it
  • Frustration during conversations
  • Depression and muteness
  • Unusually irritable, especially when asked questions
  • Recall of information from the short-term memory

Causes

  • Learning a spoken language (in children)
  • Distress or anxiousness
  • Communication disabilities

Risk Factors

  • Adults with severe amnesia or head trauma
  • Children with autism
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Having a conversation with the person with echolalia
  • Regular testing during their speech lessons

Treatments

  • Speech therapies
  • Antidepressants or anxiety medications
  • Home care

Lifestyle Management

  • Parents must encourage other forms of communication
  • Expose a child to a wide variety of words and phrases
  • Most children can overcome their echolalia naturally.
  • Breaking tasks down into simple steps
  • Practicing social skills
  • Giving the child time to respond
  • Speaking in a calm voice